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The Portugal star was substituted at the break at the Santiago Bernabeu with a suspected leg injury.

Ronaldo was largely anonymous during the first half as Real Madrid struggled to break down its visitor before James Rodriguez opened the scoring in the 81st minute.

But as the Colombia attacking midfielder looked set to be the hero, Raul Garcia levelled for the visitor.

If it is to add to its UEFA Super Cup trophy already won this season, Real Madrid will need a result away from home on Saturday morning (AEST).

Carlo Ancelotti made two changes to the starting team which claimed the UEFA Super Cup with a 2-0 win over Sevilla.

Xabi Alonso took Rodriguez's place in midfield and Marcelo came in at left-back with Fabio Coentrao dropped to the bench.

In Women Jordans For Sale its first competitive game since losing to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final, La Liga champion Atletico had just six players from that starting XI in the line-up again.

Pre-game, a touching tribute was paid to Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano, who died in July at the age of 88.

The host started the better and more lively of the two teams, pushing Atletico deep.

Rash challenges from Koke and Guilherme Siqueira saw the Atletico pair into the book inside 12 minutes.

Mario Mandzukic and Saul had opportunities for Atletico soon after, but goalkeeper Iker Casillas denied both.

The latter came after Saul dispossessed Sergio Ramos, and he perhaps should have done better than direct his shot straight at Casillas from 20 yards.

Mandzukic had another decent chance after Casillas could only punch a Air Jordans For Women clearance straight to him, but the Croatia international's attempted lob went straight into the goalkeeper's hands.

Gareth Bale almost opened the scoring two minutes into the second half as he forced Atletico goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya into a strong save from an angle.

Moya was needed again in the 68th minute as he pushed away a powerful Bale free-kick, before Toni Kroos volleyed the rebound well over from inside the area.

Karim Benzema put a Women Air Jordan 13 for sale header onto the roof of the net before Rodriguez, who replaced Ronaldo, made the breakthrough.

Kroos played Daniel Carvajal in down the right and his cross was aimed for Benzema before a scramble led to Rodriguez finishing via a deflection.

But Atletico would find a way in the 88th minute as Garcia tapped in Koke's corner after being left unmarked right in front of Casillas.

Real Madrid had a penalty shout turned down late in the encounter as it was left on the back foot heading into the second leg.


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